Course Comparison

PgDip Advanced Critical Care Practitioner MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Mental Health
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Master of Science - MSc
2 years 3 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Part-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Nursing and Midwifery School of Nursing and Midwifery
Entry requirements
You will normally have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above; or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care. Individuals without a degree but with appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme may be eligible to apply and will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.
Applicants for this course will need:
  • evidence of employment as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Trainee from their home trust
  • a named consultant intensivist who will be the clinical supervisor
  • a current live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or The Health and Care Professions Council
  • three years post-qualifying experience in intensive care
  • a satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check
  • a satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance.
If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice i.e. IELTS of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each part.We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
  • Applicant must be registered with a relevant professional body, for example the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and have 3 – 5 years’ experience as a registrant in mental health practice. Professional body registration must be maintained throughout the duration of the programme.
  • Applicants must be in salaried employment, in a role demanding advanced practice skills and knowledge and have the full agreement from their employer. 
  • Applicants must have a named, allocated co-ordinating workplace supervisor and the employer must have committed to the provision of ongoing workplace supervision that meets the Health Education England guidance for advanced clinical practice. 
  •  Applicants must have access to clinical areas that will facilitate the successful completion of the programme and module learning outcomes. 
  • Applicants will normally have a relevant first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above; or a European first cycle equivalent. Applicants without a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above may be eligible to apply, if combined with appropriate practice related experience relevant to the  programme and following submission of a written essay marked against level 6 criteria.
  • Applicants will be assessed individually for their ability to study at Master’s level and an interview will normally be necessary. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English through an IELTS average of 6.5, overall minimum of 5.5 in each part.
  • Claims for credit for prior learning will be assessed following University regulations.